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The Future of Medicine

Fully integrated, high tech healthcare system delivering evidence-based medicine through collaborative, compassionate team-based care and population management.

  • Seamless, 24/7 access to specialists in a culture that strongly values collaboration and collegiality.
  • Superb evidence-based education utilizing simulations, mobile and iPhone-based technology, and innovative learning techniques.
  • Team-based training in optimizing interdisciplinary care and workflows, partnering with medical assistants, LVNs/RNs, pharmacists, health educators, and others on the healthcare team.
  • Comprehensive, full-scope, compassionate care for individuals and families within a true patient-centered medical home.
  • Opportunity to care for a medically and socioeconomically diverse patient population reflecting the demographics of Sonoma County.

Integrative Medicine

Including a focus on wellness and preventive care for both patients and physicians.

  • All residents have a subscription to the University of Arizona’s renowned Curriculum in Integrative Medicine (UAZCIM) for Residents and will be guided over the 3 years of residency through both formal didactics and self-directed online curriculum to learn and incorporate evidence-based integrative and holistic approaches to common conditions in the care of children, pregnancy, women, and adults.
  • Medical training that supports and honors both personal and professional development through mentorship, protected time for reflection, and a culture of caring.
  • Optional nationally recognized certification in integrative medicine for those residents who complete the 200-hour UAZCIM course and sit for the exam.
  • Numerous faculty with additional training and/or board certification in integrative medicine and modalities such as acupuncture, herbal medicine, manual medicine/OMT, and mind-body techniques.
  • Focus on health promotion and preventive health for patients, students, residents, and faculty.
  • Many fun activities for the whole family through Physician Health & Wellness (movie nights, ski trips, group hikes, sports games) and Live Well Be Well employee wellness program.

Community Medicine

Maximizing the total health of our communities.

Our program engages residents in community health from day one, primarily through longitudinal curricular experiences with our affiliated partner, Petaluma Health Center, a federally qualified health center (FQHC) which includes a high performing wellness and prevention-minded community health center, a homeless clinic, school-based clinics, and other safety net programs. All residents see patients at PHC once every 4-6 weeks throughout their entire three years, precepted by our Community Medicine Fellow.

Curriculum in community medicine, population health, public health, advocacy for justice in healthcare and other social determinants of health provide the knowledge and skills for graduates to lead sustainable positive community change.

With a mission to maximize the health of our patients and the community in which we live and work, we also encourage residents to participate in the many community programs through Sonoma County Health Action, such as I-WALK (exercise for the community), I-GROW (gardening and healthy eating), and I-CARE (providing a medical home for every citizen by the year 2020). Our community medicine fellowship will further enhance our involvement with these and other community organizations.

Community Medicine & Integrative Medicine Fellowship

Our first community medicine & integrative medicine fellow started in 2018. This full-time, one year position includes both clinic and teaching our FQHC partner Petaluma Health Center, as well as the Jewish Free Clinic and Ceres Community Project. Fellows will act as junior faculty and be encouraged and supported in developing further community partnerships and projects.

Diversity & Inclusion

Leading the nation in equitable care and reduced disparities.

Kaiser Permanente has been committed to providing culturally responsive, prevention-focused healthcare to patients for over 65 years. Our integrated, technologically advanced, outcomes-based clinical care has been applauded by health experts across the nation.

Kaiser Permanente Santa Rosa serves an increasingly diverse population, whether defined by socioeconomic status, social determinants of health, sexual orientation and gender identity, race, or ethnicity. Nationally, such diversity is usually matched by discrepancies in healthcare outcomes. Kaiser Permanente Northern California has been shown to be a significant exception to this rule, renowned for both culturally respectful care and an innovative model of integrated healthcare delivery which can reduce or even eliminate disparities in healthcare outcomes within a diverse population. Highlights include:

  • Health Disparities and Racial Justice Curriculum along with training in culturally competent care
  • Latino Health Module offering culturally responsive, bilingual care
  • KP Santa Rosa is a nationally recognized leader in LGBTQ Care – opportunities for advanced training in transgender medicine
  • Opportunities for high quality research around social determinants of health and reducing disparities in health outcomes
  • Commitment to the promotion and support of diversity within the residency, attracting residents, faculty, and staff of diverse cultural backgrounds and life experiences

Scholarly Activity and Leadership

Dedicated time, training, and resources.

Kaiser Permanente has the second largest patient database in the country, a rich resource providing ample opportunities for research on a broad range of topics. All residents and faculty will be supported to develop their own ideas and passions around advancing the field of Family Medicine and our healthcare system through original research, writing, program development, quality improvement projects, and policy advocacy. All residents will have time and support to complete their two required scholarly activity projects within their three years of training. Highlights include:

  • Full time research project manager and availability of local data analysts to support research
  • Tap Kaiser Permanente’s renowned Division of Research
  • Regional Practice Improvement course, journal club, and formal didactics in Evidence-based medicine and research methods
  • Training and funding available locally and regionally for scholarly activity
  • Leadership and advocacy curriculum to prepare residents to graduate not only as outstanding clinicians, but also as outstanding physician leaders
  • Mentorship and guidance for residents interested in academic/faculty positions after residency
  • Training in teaching and clinical leadership through two months of Ambulatory Chief Experience in the third year

Full spectrum care within our integrated system

Be the best physician you can be.

  • Outstanding training in inpatient medicine, pediatrics, and obstetrics
  • Strong procedural training in all common outpatient Family Medicine procedures, including dermatology, women’s health, musculoskeletal, and office-based excisions and procedures
  • Superb musculoskeletal curriculum including osteopathic principles and training; strong sports medicine department
  • Integrated Labor and Delivery team with 24/7 Midwifery service
  • Culture of respect and strong history of support for Family Medicine; seamless access to specialists who support primary care physicians in practicing their maximum scope of practice

Capstone Curriculum

Think Locally, Act Globally.

We have designed an innovative set of immersive learning experiences at the beginning and end of each residency year to catalyze each class’s learning as they move from one level of training to the next.

  • R1: Clinic Immersion and Community Medicine: The first-year curriculum immerses interns in our Family Medicine Center and community partners FQHC Petaluma Health Center and Ceres Community Project. Begin and end your R1 year with a focus on clinical skill building and community medicine.
  • R2: Advanced Clinical Skills and Global Medicine: Expand your skills with leadership training and advocacy work, including a class trip to an underserved community outside our own. Engage in advanced clinical training to set you up for success as you transition to second and third year senior resident duties inside and outside the hospital.
  • R3: Leadership and Professional Development: Third years will broaden their expertise as teachers and practice leaders with an ambulatory care chief curriculum that will prepare you to be a superb clinician-leader in any community setting around the world. Residents will have funded support and guidance in both global health opportunities and research projects.
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